The Opening Of My Heart

yogaI studied with Tribe Yoga in Rishikesh, India and it opened up my mind to a world of possibilities. The things I learned not only made my yoga practice more complete & satisfying, but also changed the way I approach & think about virtually everything that I do or say. Where there used to be stress, there is now contentment. Where there used to be perplexing situations or uneasy emotions, there is now acceptance. Regrets from the past and anticipation about the future were soothed as I listened to my teachers speak about yogic philosophies with open ears & an open mind and I began to truly live in the present moment. It is my desire to share these life-changing philosophies with anyone who is willing to listen to me speak about them as I lead them through asanas, pranayama & meditation.

Since I left India, I’ve been teaching karma yoga in the USA & Mexico, donating all contributions to the Cambodian Landmine Museum. While visiting Phnom Penh in 2010, I was overcome with emotion as I experienced the joy & kindness of the Cambodian people. Their land has been ravaged by war & continues to be a dangerous place to live because of the 5 million landmines that are still hidden, injuring & killing people every day. Aki Ra, the founder of CLM, works tirelessly to de-landmine the countryside so that Cambodia can once again be a safe place to live.

There’s an infinite amount of knowledge to attain; while I have been reading everything that I can get my hands on for the past year in order to learn more, I believe that the teachers from Tribe Yoga can teach me at a rapid pace and truly guide my journey. I hope to attend the 500 hour Tribe Yoga teacher training in Austria next year.

I have been asked to answer who my favorite yoga teacher is. I have no simple name to answer this question; I will try to explain to you why each teacher I have ever taken a yoga class from has been my “favorite” in a sense. With an open, accepting mind, as yoga has taught me to have, I have learned something from every teacher. I learned consistency from the 101 year old teacher who has practiced daily since age 17.

I’ve learned from teachers what TO say, because they said something that resonated with me; I’ve also learned what NOT to say, because they said something that I found abrasive. I value all of those lessons. Accepting people for whomever they are and for whatever they have to offer is just one of the many lessons yoga has taught me & how it has positively influenced my life. My goal is to continue to learn these valuable lessons, apply them to the way I live my own life & pass them on to anyone I’m lucky enough to be able to teach.

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Katherine Charlier

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  1. Jan Charlier says:

    Your life demonstrates how yoga is intertwined with your inner spiritual being and your beautiful physical being. You have truly found the meaning and inspiration of yoga. It is a joyful experience whenever you are present in my life. I encourage you to learn more so you can teach the world what you have learned and experienced.

  2. Erika says:

    You deserve this! Your positivity always inspires me :)

  3. Kelley says:

    You are such an inspiration to me. You have always and continue to follow your dreams. I would only be so lucky to have you as a yoga teacher among all of the other things you have taught me in life. Go get em Girl! I can’t think of anyone who deserves this more

  4. Joann Richter says:

    You are positive in mind, body and spirit and that is evident to all who come in contact with you!

  5. David says:

    I hope you win this to help you on you beautiful journey

  6. David says:

    Best of luck Katherine :)

  7. Heleen says:

    Good memories…I hope you win.

  8. piyush patel says:

    go girl! to are an inspiration to us all. All the best Sister :)
    piyush x

  9. Gabriela says:

    Oh my dear yogi friend! As I was reading you, a lovely feeling has touched my soul. You deserve this and more, all the best!

  10. Ani Malhandler says:

    You were an inspirational human being before your journey. I bet you are a mind blower now! So much love.

  11. proctor says:

    thank you! my heart is filled with joy and gratitude.

  12. Katrina Bunch says:

    Good luck!

  13. Ann Nguyen says:

    Yoga sure does have this magical, sly, clever way about it doesn’t it? It WILL come and I am excited for you. Here’s my vote #1.

  14. Fred says:

    Good luck!

  15. Dana says:

    i’ve never met a more infectious happy person who is open, caring and just all around amazing. She very much deserves to share that with others.

  16. Brittney Jensen says:

    Your words are as inspiring as your life. Please come teach in New York sometime!

  17. Meg says:

    Best Wishes! You have an amazing story!

  18. tracy says:

    Lovely essay you are truly inspiring!

  19. Zeljka borro says:

    Good luck. I hope you win this!

  20. Yogi D says:

    Thanks for sharing :) Good Luck

  21. AKL says:

    Keep it vicariously thru u and christoph

  22. Danielle says:

    You continue to be one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met! xoxo

  23. Sarah Busen says:

    You never cease to amaze me :) Best of luck to you on your inspirational journey!

  24. Kat says:

    Good Luck to you Katherine. You have always been so inspiring to me!

  25. Dee says:

    Wishing you the best!

  26. Amanda says:

    Wonderful Katherine!

  27. Lauren says:

    Thanks for sharing, Katherine! Best wishes to you!

  28. Lauren Levine says:

    Katie, you are a true friend and inspiration to us all. You bring all of yourself to everything you do. You are an amazing woman and I can’t wait to share in more of your experiences!

  29. Jessica says:

    Bravo! It’s such fun to see you and C do amazing things and live such a fulfilled life.

  30. LP says:

    Learning How to teach is as important as learning What to teach.

  31. Brenda says:

    Good luck Katherine

  32. nicole betts says:

    Best wishes!

  33. Seth says:

    Lovely words that ring with truth.

  34. LYance says:

    Good Luck!!

  35. Patrick says:

    Fantastic! Keep up the amazing work!

  36. Kate says:

    Thank you!

  37. Christina says:

    Proctor- you’re an inspiration to all of us!!

  38. karen flannery says:

    After years of knowing Katherine, I saw a change in her the last time we met. Katherine now has a calm and spirituality about her due to yoga. She has helped me get closer to my own calm and spirituality. She is wonderful teacher who is very open to learning and sharing her knowledge. Katherine should win this yoga training. She is the best.

  39. Sarah says:

    Good luck!

  40. Alden says:

    This is a wonderful essay. Good luck!

  41. Jessica Lynn says:

    Wonderful essay!

  42. Leslie says:

    You are such an inspiration. Please continue to always reach for the stars!

  43. Debborah Hopkins says:

    As long as I have known you, I could see you. I could see your spirit bright as every star, moon and sun. I knew you didn’t know who you were and loved watching your process of becoming as you blossomed into the woman that you have become. You have been a living example of yoga in action since that day, An inspiration to all that slow down long enough to get you getting them and it, Life. What a fine specimen, an example of what is possible when spirit and human dance poetically balanced in the flow of source and manifestation. THIS IS YOGA and it’s true purpose in our lives. A gift from ourselves to ourselves. You are this. You are life personified as yoga. I love you and cherish you as you have reflected to me back to me who I am. A true friend and teacher, inspiration, sister, and partner in this life. I am grateful for your presence, your truth, your light.

  44. Audris Wong says:

    You have always approached the discovery of your life’s purpose with so much hope, heart, and trust — I am so glad that you have found a path that allows you to express all of that to the universe.

  45. Scott says:

    You are the best, Proctor!

  46. Carrie Janell says:

    It is such a gift to be a yoga teacher and even more so to be a teacher’s teacher. It is an even greater gift to see the teacher in all of us and in all beings. Proctor, before you stepped into your yoga practice, your life practice inspired me. To me, you are a direct reflection of living and practicing heroically. thank you for sharing your heart and shining your light.

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